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Greene County

Greene County Commissioners will be asking voters to approve another tax this November. It’s not a sales tax like last year—it’s a use tax. Last year’s one-eighth cent sales tax for law enforcement, which voters passed, was supposed to alleviate jail overcrowding. But the county used that money to, among other things, hire new prosecutors to catch up on a backlog of arrest warrants. Now, the jail is seeing more inmates than ever.  KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has this interview with Greene County Commissioner Roseann Bentley.

Bill to Spur Job Growth Among Laws That Took Effect Wednesday

Missouri Works, what Governor Jay Nixon calls “efficient, effective, and responsive” went into effect Wednesday. KSMU's Briana Simmons has more.

Jacks Fork River

The waters were choppy this week between the Ozark National Scenic Riverways—which operates under the National Park Service—and church groups that perform baptisms along the Riverways.  As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the controversy started when someone complained that the federal agency was requiring permits for baptisms in the river.

NAMI Candlelight Vigil

Last month we heard from a local organization working to spread awareness for suicide prevention amid the alarming rate of veterans who’ve taken their own lives. KSMU’s Shane Franklin tells us what they learned since their first candlelight vigil and how the community can get involved this week.

Nixon in SGF

In the first of what may be several visits to highlight his many other vetoes from this summer, Gov. Jay Nixon told reporters in Springfield that he opposes $22 million in new and increased license fees on Missourians. KSMU's Scott Harvey has more.

Food Day

National Food Day is a grassroots campaign aimed at changing food systems in the United States to cultivate healthier people and healthier communities. KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with FoodCORE, a local organization with the same goal.

Blunt in Ozark

Citing the high cost of gasoline, including a time this week when he says costs in southwest Missouri rose by 10 cents in one day, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is again urging passage of the Gas Accessibility & Stabilization (GAS) Act. KSMU’s Scott Harvey attended a gathering in Ozark to learn more.

Roadwork

Summer is often when transportation officials take advantage of slower traffic patterns to make road improvements. In southwest Missouri, crews are about to wrap up another heavy season of repairs and renovations. KSMU's Shane Franklin has details.